Uncertainties of Knowledge / Edition 1

Uncertainties of Knowledge / Edition 1

by Immanuel Wallerstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 159213243X

ISBN-13: 9781592132430

Pub. Date: 03/19/2004

Publisher: Temple University Press

The Uncertainties of Knowledge extends Immanuel Wallerstein's decade-long work of elucidating the crisis of knowledge in current intellectual thought. He argues that the disciplinary divisions of academia have trapped us in a paradigm that assumes knowledge is a certainty and that it can help us explain the social world. This is wrong, he suggests. Instead,

Overview

The Uncertainties of Knowledge extends Immanuel Wallerstein's decade-long work of elucidating the crisis of knowledge in current intellectual thought. He argues that the disciplinary divisions of academia have trapped us in a paradigm that assumes knowledge is a certainty and that it can help us explain the social world. This is wrong, he suggests. Instead, Wallerstein offers a new conception of the social sciences, one whose methodology allows for uncertainties.\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592132430
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
03/19/2004
Series:
Politics, History, and Social Change Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Uncertainties of Time1
Part I.The Structures of Knowledge
1For Science, Against Scientism: The Dilemmas of Contemporary Knowledge Production7
2Social Sciences in the Twenty-first Century16
3The End of Certainties in the Social Sciences34
4Braudel and Interscience: A Preacher to Empty Pews?59
5Time and Duration: The Unexcluded Middle, or Reflections on Braudel and Prigogine71
6The Itinerary of World-Systems Analysis, or How to Resist Becoming a Theory83
Part II.Dilemmas of the Disciplines
7History in Search of Science111
8Writing History126
9Global Culture(s): Salvation, Menace, or Myth?142
10From Sociology to Historical Social Science: Prospects and Obstacles151
11Anthropology, Sociology, and Other Dubious Disciplines166
Acknowledgments191
Notes193
References199
Index207
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